Zacchaeus - Bible Story

The Bible Story of Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus was a tax collector of the city Jericho and learned that Jesus the prophet was passing through the city.  Since Zacchaeus was "short in stature," he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed up into a sycamore tree to have a better view of Jesus.  When Jesus arrived, he noticed Zacchaeus in the tree and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today."  This made Zacchaeus very joyful but the crowd "grumbled," or murmured in a complaint that Jesus "has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." 

After arriving at Zacchaeus' residence, he said to Jesus "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold."  Zacchaeus' actions reveal that his repentance and faith are genuine.  The example of Zacchaeus, who gave away half of his goods, emphasizes the kind of open-handed generosity that characterizes those whose hearts have been transformed by the gospel.

Jesus then announces that salvation has come to this house, for Zacchaeus was also a descendant of Abraham.  This indicates that with God all things all possible, and a rich man can be saved by his actions. Zacchaeus reveals that he is also a true son of Abraham, not just a natural descendant.

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Luke 19:1-10

1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.
4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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